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Bulldog win is a rap

BURBANK TENNIS CENTER -- Early in Burbank High’s playoff match

Tuesday at the Burbank Tennis Center, the Bulldogs were distracted by

music blaring from the adjacent McCambridge Park Pool area.

While the Bulldogs were trying to concentrate against Chino Hills


Ayala in a CIF Southern Section Division II second-round contest, the

lyric stylings of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s rap anthem “Baby Got Back”

bombarded the athletes.

Unfortunately for Ayala, it was only a momentary distraction for


Burbank, as it rolled to a 13-5 victory.

“I don’t know what’s going on with that music, but it’s too loud,”

Burbank Coach Paul McNiff said. “We can’t play with that going on.”

About 10 minutes after it began, Sir Mix-A-Lot was put down -- and

Ayala (17-4) wouldn’t be too far behind.

The win puts Burbank (15-5) into the division quarterfinals on

Tuesday against Arcadia (20-0). The Apaches defeated La Canada, 17-1,

in their second-round match on Tuesday.


It is the 12th time in 15 seasons -- and first since 2000 --

Burbank has made it to the quarterfinals.

“I really wasn’t all that happy with the way we played today,”

McNiff said. “I think we should have won sone points that we lost.

It’s just a matter of being focused.”

McNiff, whose team finished as co-Foothill League champion with

Valencia, said he knows his team should have a tough time against



The Apaches have not stumbled yet this season, winning a Pacific

League title.

“We are just going to do the best we can,” he said. “We know they

have a very good team and we will really have to work for our


The Bulldogs were paced by No. 1 singles Haig Kassabian, who

swept, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. Kassabian is the two-time defending Foothill

League singles champion.

Despite toiling in the hot day with the temperature in the 90s,

the heat didn’t bother Kassabian.

“I don’t mind the heat that much,” he said. “I just have to make

sure I drink a lot of water.”

At No. 2, Hovsep Gasamanian went 1-6, 2-6, 7-5 and Ara

Baghdasaryan went 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.

The surprise of the playoffs has been the play of No. 3 doubles

David Chang and Alex Dawoodian, who swept for the second straight

match, 7-6(4), 6-3, 6-3.

“We are just in harmony right now,” Dawoodian said. “We play well

together as a team and we are winning.”

The No. 2 Bulldog team of Chris Lee and Varyzhan Sarkisyan went

6-4, 6-3, 3-6 and No. 1 James Chang and Ted Kang went 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

“Playing well in CIF is very important to us,” David Chang said.

“We realize how difficult it is to do well with so many good teams in

the playoffs.”

Although not about to make excuses for his team, Ayala Coach Jim

Moscato -- whose team won the Sierra League -- said his Bulldogs were


“We have one of our better players out because of academic

ineligibility and a couple of our guys are injured and really playing

their best,” he said. “That forced us to switch things around for the


“This is definitely a very different team from the one that beat

Diamond Bar for the league title.”